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Number of injured in Playa del Carmen hotel gas explosion rises to 18

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The number of injured in the Monday hotel gas explosion in central Playa del Carmen has risen. In a press release, the FGE says a total of 18 people were taken to area hospitals, eight of whom, have already been discharged.

The Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office says that the two people killed in the explosion have been identified as A.M.C and A.H.H., both Mexican nationals and both employees of the hotel.

Of the 18 injured, 15 were hotel employees, while the other three were customers. Those three were taken to hospital for medical treatment and discharged the same day.

Alejandra Aguirre Crespo, the Secretary of Quintana Roo Health, posted “Due to the explosion of a gas tank in the Kool Beach restaurant, 4 people are treated in serious condition at the General Hospital of Playa del Carmen, another 8 are treated at the Playamed hospital and 4 more at the IMSS.”

According to preliminary information, the deadly explosion was the result of a gas leak from an LP tank. Solidaridad officials are continuing to investigate the exact cause.

On Monday, Playa del Carmen emergency personnel responded to the report of an explosion at a seaside beach club hotel. The 1:00 p.m. blast rocked the block, causing damage to other nearby businesses as well as leaving two workers dead.